June 21, 2015

Simmering Fish in a Ziploc Bag/ジップロックで魚を煮る

The last time I simmered these fillets of fish (barfin flounder) in my usual way (in a frying pan), they shrank almost in half. So, today, I decided to put them in a Ziploc Bag together with seasonings and place the bag in a pot of hot water.
My usual seasonings are dashi (water plus instant dashi), soy sauce, and mirin combined at a ratio of 5:1:1 (plus a small amount of sugar sometimes), but I decided to use the home-made noodle soup concentrate.
So, in the Ziploc bag, I put:
50 ml home-made noodle soup concentrate
A little over 200 ml water
I decided not to add sugar this time.
濃縮麺つゆ 50 ml
水 200 ml強

Then, I added the fillets. Then, I tried to release all the air from the bag, but in vain.
Put some cold water in a pot, and place the bag. Turn on the gas and raise the water temperature to 70 degrees C. Turn off the gas. Simmer the fillets in the bag for 10 minutes. During this time, you need to check the water temperature occasionally and turn on the gas again as needed.
I turned over the bag 5 minutes later. I had to turn on the gas twice for a very short time.
Ten minutes later.
I kept the fish in the bag until it was ready to serve on the table.

I forgot to take a photo of my portion. Here's a photo of my son's. (He won't come home before 10 o'clock tonight.)
I'm glad that the fillets didn't shrink.


Twilight Man said...

Amazing! This is the first time I hear how a Ziploc could be simmered to enhance the taste of the fish without shrinking. Thank you!

Hiroyuki said...

Twilight Man: Thanks for your comment. Using a Ziploc bag to simmer fish, meat, etc. is not my idea, though (laugh).